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WVU Men Get Win Over Texas

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Written by: Mikinzy Boggs 

West Virginia has officially swept the Texas Longhorns in the regular season with their 77-62 victory tonight. The Mountaineers were led by Jevon Carter who accrued 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists. Texas was led by Jarrett Allen who finished the night with 17 points, and 7 rebounds. Bob Huggins and Company was able to force the Longhorns into 15 turnovers, and outrebounded the Longhorns 32-31.

Throughout the first ten minutes the Mountaineers shot 31% from the field as they trailed the Longhorns 17-13. For the past few years, the Longhorns have had a size advantage over the Mountaineers and it showed once again tonight as the Longhorns were outrebounding the Mountaineers 10-4.

Lamont West was a breath of fresh air off the bench for WVU as he went 2-3 from behind the arc including a four-point play to start a 7-0 run. After trailing by 10 to start the game, the Mountaineers were able to get a 25-18 lead with 8:39 to play in the first half. The struggling Longhorns were on a 4-minute scoreless streak including 5 straight missed field goals.

At the end of the first half the Mountaineers held a 46-32 lead over the Longhorns. Lamont West led the Mountaineers with 20 points, and 2 rebounds. West Virginia began finding success rebounding the ball as they accrued 21 rebounds to the Longhorns’ 18. The Mountaineer lead at half time can be attributed to their 21-3 run they made over a five-minute period. Turnovers didn’t seem to be much of a factor for either teams as the Mountaineers and Longhorns committed 4 and 7 turnovers, respectively.

First Half Rebounds:

            WVU: 21

            Texas: 18

First Half Shooting:

            WVU: 15-46

            Texas: 11-26

First Half 3pt-Shooting:

            WVU: 7-13

            Texas: 2-8

First Half Turnovers:

            WVU: 4

            Texas: 7

First Half Free Throws:         

            WVU: 9-11

            Texas:  8-11

The second half started the same way it ended with the Mountaineers continuing to control the ball game. West Virginia held a 71-51 lead with 8:44 to play. Texas was getting great minutes from Jarrett Allen as he tried to keep the Longhorns in the ball game with 15 points on 6-8 shooting. Lamont West couldn’t seem to miss as he shot 6-8 from behind the arc for a career high 23 points. WVU was able to pull away from the Longhorns largely in part by shooting 56% from behind the arc compared to the Longhorns’ 22%.

Texas attempted to make a late game run, though this night was destined to be the Mountaineers. Jevon Carter led the Mountaineers to the finish line with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists. Last time these two teams met it was Teyvon Meyers who helped give the Mountaineers help off the bench and tonight it was Lamont West. West had a career high 23 points. Myers also helped with 4 points.

Total Rebounds:

            WVU: 32

            Texas: 31

Total Shooting:

           WVU:  28-61

            Texas: 22-49

Total 3pt-Shooting:

            WVU: 10-24

            Texas: 3-13

Total Turnovers:

           WVU: 12

            Texas: 15

Total Free Throws:    

           WVU:   11-13

            Texas: 15-20

            West Virginia needed this blowout win for a confidence booster, and find more of a rhythm before the Big 12 Tournament begins in a few weeks. West Virginia will now head on the road to Fort Worth to take on the TCU Horned Frogs this Saturday. Game time is set for 2:00PM E.T. and will be aired on ESPN. The Longhorns will attempt to break their four game losing streak as they head home to play the Kansas Jayhawks. Game time is set for 6:00PM E.T. and will be aired on ESPN. 

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